Adam McKay is set to direct superhero film Irredeemable

The film tells the story of a group of superheroes who battle against a fallen ally

Anchorman director Adam McKay is set to turn his hand to superhero movies – with an adaptation of comic book Irredeemable.

The film, based on Mark Waid’s popular comic-book series, tells the story of a group of superheroes who are forced to save the world when a fallen ally begins slaughtering the entire population of Earth.

But while McKay’s involvement marks somewhat of a departure from his comedy-driven background, he was previously involved in developing the plot of Ant-Man, and is believed to be returning for the film’s sequel.

Tommy Wirkola, who previously penned Hansel and Gretel:Witch Hunters is believed to be on script duties – while 20th Century Fox will distribute the title.

A release date for the film is yet to be confirmed – but McKay is currently working with Paul Rudd on Ant-Man And The Wasp – which is scheduled for release on July 6 2018.

In February, McKay won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Big Short – which tells the story of how a group of business analysts managed to predict the 2008 Financial Crisis before it occurred.

He used his acceptance speech to blast Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump, saying: “If you don’t want big money to control government don’t vote for candidates that take money from big banks, oil, or weirdo billionaires. Stop!”